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Edmund Parkes Memorial Prize Medal: CM.96-2005

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Current Location: In storage


Artist: Wyon, Joseph Shepherd
Issuer: Royal Army Medical School
Die-engraver: Wyon, Alfred Benjamin




Edmund Parkes was a Victorian physician, whose principal fame is as a pioneer of hygiene using his experience as head of the civil hospital in the Dardanelles during the Crimean War. When the Army Medical School was established, he became Chair of Hygiene there and when he died in 1876 the School established this triennial prize in his memory, awarded to an executive officer on full pay submitting the best essay on the subject of hygiene. This award earnt the recipient 75 guineas and a gold medal, but a bronze medal was awarded annually to the best student in hygiene. The Museum's example is in bronze, but comes from the collection of a descendant of the designers, and bears no award inscription, so is probably a specimen example kept at the workshop.


History note: From the estate of the late Mrs Venetia M. Watson, daughter of the artist's descendant Allan Gairdner Wyon

Place(s) associated

  • Netley

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2005-01-31) by Watson, Philip Charles


Production date: inferred AD 1876


Probably specimen in bronze

Components of the work

Object composed of bronze Diameter 51.0 mm Die Axis 0 degrees Weight 70.01 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bare head of Edmund Parkes left with inscription around and dates in exergue

  • Text: EDMUND ALEXANDER PARKES // B. 1819 - D. 1876
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscription "PARKES / MEMORIAL / MEDAL" within closed wreath and inscription around

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.96-2005
Primary reference Number: 156611
Brown: 3029
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 28 January 2013 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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